Goodwin finishes as NCAA statistical leader

Toughest to Strikeout
Release Date:
June 29, 2009
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced Hilbert College’s recent graduate, Kelly Goodwin (Niagara Falls, NY/Niagara Falls) as the 2009 NCAA Division III statistical champion for Toughest to Strikeout. Goodwin competed in every game this spring, and based on her at bats, strikeouts and the ratio of the two, she ties Caitlin Elfring from Franklin and Marshall College for the top spot.  Goodwin was the only Hawk to play in and start all 37 softball games where she had 106 at bats with no strike outs during the 2009 season. Goodwin is the first Hilbert College athlete to finish in the number one spot in any NCAA Division III statistical category.

“Kelly was our number four batter in the lineup not because she had long ball power but because she could always put the ball in play somewhere on the field,” noted Kerry Levett, the former Hilbert College softball coach during Goodwin’s last three years of competition.

As a multi-sport athlete at Hilbert, Goodwin played on the soccer, basketball and softball teams during her four-year career. The Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) honored her with the Sportsmanship Award for both the basketball and softball teams her senior year.  She graduated in May with a degree in Psychology earning a 3.40 cumulative grade average

Hilbert College, located in suburban Hamburg, N.Y., south of Buffalo, is a private four-year college founded in 1957 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition. With nearly 1,100 students, Hilbert is a dynamic Western New York college that offers career-focused majors, including one of the top criminal justice programs in the region, and more than 50 minors and concentrations. The college’s engaging, student-centered campus community offers numerous leadership, internship, and service learning opportunities from which students launch successful careers while making positive changes in their communities. The Hilbert Blueprint promotes a well-rounded student experience over four years – starting with the Foundations Seminar in the freshman year, followed by Sophomore Service, Junior Symposium, and culminating with the Senior Capstone. Hilbert has expanded its academic offerings with the college’s first graduate programs and new Accelerated Degree Programs geared to adult learners.